The starstruck Indian Super League, India's own soccer competition is going to launch from twelve october 2014, and while India anticipates for this soccer league, here is what you should know about it.
Awaking Hindustani football out of hibernation
The ISL was set up in 2013 after seeing that a lot of Indians are crazy about football, but unfortunately, have no national football league with International reputation to follow. The Indian Super League aims to turn the table.
It is going to comprise eight franchise clubs, owned from people and companies across the country. The competition will begin in October and end in December.
The eight teams that will compete in this competition are:
· Atletico de Kolkata, coached by Antonio Lopez Habas, with Spain as the foreign draft.
· Chennai Titans, assisted by Marco Materazzi with Italy as the foreign draft.
· Delhi Dynamos FC, trained by Harm van Veldhoven with Netherlands as the foreign draft.
· FC Goa, coached by, Zico with Brazil as the foreign draft.
· Kerala Blasters FC, coached by David James with England as the foreign draft.
· Mumbai City FC, coached by Peter Reid with England as the foreign draft.
· North East United FC, coached by Ricki Herbert with New Zealand as the foreign draft.
· FC Pune City, practiced by Franco Colomba with Italy as the foreign draft.
While building their clubs, each squad will have to sign:
· At least 7 foreigners, out of which 2 will be from the club and 5 will be from the foreign player draft;
· One marquee player, which in the words of AIFF is "A foreign recruit who has represented his country in any of the continental championships like the European Championship, Copa America, African Nations Cup, Asian Cup, or FIFA World Cup will be called a star player;" and
· 14 Indian homegrown players, four of which have to be local players from the city the outfit belongs to.
Celebrity Who's who in the Indian Super League
The league is owned by Reliance Industries Ltd, Star India Pvt. Ltd. and IMG Worldwide Inc. It would be aired exclusively on STAR Sports and will have Hero MotoCorp as the title sponsor; thus the name Hero Indian Super League. From Bollywood, we have John Abraham who co-owns the club North East United FC, Ranbir Kapoor who co-owns the Mumbai City FC team, Abhishek Bachchan who co-owns Chennaiyin FC squad, Salman Khan who co-owns the FC Pune City squad, and Varun Dhawan who is the brand ambassador of the FC Goa squad. From the field of Indian Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar is the co-owner of the Kerala Blasters FC squad and Sourav Ganguly is the co-owner of the Atletico de Kolkata outfit.
Indian Super League setup:
Every year, the league would be played between October and December. Each club will play against all other teams twice on a home-and-away basis. The top 4 teams will decide in the finals.
Investing in the squad
Squad owners' investments in the HeroISL are worth having a look. Different outfits have invested massively to attract foreign players:
Goa: 430.000 USD
Chennai Titans: 380.000 USD
Atletico de Kolkata: 350.000 USD
Mumbai City: 330.000 USD
Kerala Blasters: 315.000 USD
Pune City: 280.000 USD
Delhi Dynamos: 260.000 USD
North East United: 260.000 USD
With this kind of cash and international allure towards the ISL, this is surely a competition you would not want to miss! Possibly a boost to bring football in India to a higher level!
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